This week we start with Microsoft in New York where Steve Ballmer launched Office365, a suite of cloud based productivity applications.
Officials demonstrated Office 365 capabilities, like the ability for multiple users to jointly collaborate and edit documents in real time, not only from PC browsers but also from mobile devices. Office 365 offers customers the option to have Office productivity applications like Word and Excel either through Office Web Apps or through the full-fledged, on-premise Office Professional Plus through subscription.
Users can work on documents together while holding an online meeting with multiple people, or in a one-to-one video chat. Document editing features and messaging functions can also be accessed via mobile phone. Office 365 comes with a wide range of configuration and price options, starting from an e-mail only version that costs US$2 per user, per month, to the most sophisticated option which costs $27 per user per month.
The gaming industry has won a significant victory as the US Supreme Court has struck down a ruling that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. "Video games qualify for First Amendment protection," said Justice Antonin Scalia. "Like protected books, plays and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium. Reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat. But these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional ones."
Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts suggested that members of the government and the courts "make every effort to understand the new technology presented in these sophisticated video games."
At the beginning of this year we told you how Egypt literally shut off the country's internet amid protest rallies against the government. Well now the country's IT chief is traveling to US cities to meet with IT companies to try to drum up business for the country. And he promised that the decision to kill the internet will never happen again. The move was stunning for a country of 80 million that has worked to develop its IT sector, attracting Microsoft, Oracle and HP which built offices in the capital's high tech office park.
News Corp took a huge loss this week when it sold MySpace for an estimated 30 to 40 million dollars. The company picked up the social networking site in 2005 for 580 million, that was of course before it was eclipsed by Facebook.
You're all probably familiar with the dash mounted cameras on police cars, but the next generation of the technology has cops wearing the cameras which allows them to record audio and video regardless of location. The Taser Axon is a small wearable camera that mounts on a user's ear and captures audio video and gps location. You'll see how useful it can be in capturing evidence in this DUI stop that lead to a foot chase.
Users turn on and off the device on its Com Hub and the device has a 30 second buffer, which means once the record button is pressed its already captured what has happened 30 seconds before. The system includes the camera, Com Hub and Tactical Computer all of which are worn. The Taser Axon costs about 1700 each and online storage and archiving is about 1300.
Visitors to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles can now use Google Goggles to get more information on the artwork housed there. After taking a picture of a painting, the app takes users to the Getty’s mobile-optimized website. There, users will be able to not only read extra information that just can’t fit next to the painting, but they’ll also be able to listen audio commentary from artists, curators and even the painting itself.